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Meet the Bayern Fan Club Part 6: Mia San Atlanta (Bavarian Football Works)

As part of a weekly series that we will keep running as long as we have submissions (so keep them coming!), we are doing a brief profile of Bayern Munich fan groups globally. This week our subject is Mia San Atlanta, checking in from Georgia!

The Mia San Atlanta group has a group of 215 Bayern supporters and holds a special “Lads in Lederhosen” event for both Der Klassiker games. The group gets dressed up and enjoys a great time together as you’ll see in the picture gallery below. Last year the group even hosted the Bayern NYC office at one of the “Lads in Lederhosen” watch parties.

Name of the group: Mia San Atlanta

Location: Atlanta, Georgia

Year founded: January 2015

Leadership: Heather Cooke, Jon Cooke, Ryan Beresch

Meeting place: Manuel’s Tavern

Social media handles:

We have 7 clubs on board so far. I’d LOVE to be able to feature a different fan group every week this season. Maybe we can do it, maybe not...but only YOU can help decide the fate of this idea. Send your info to: barrelsportsblog@gmail.com.

Lars Stindl expected to return for Borussia Monchengladbach against Bayern (@borussia_en)

The captain of Die Fohlen has been rehabbing from an ankle injury sustained last April and is reportedly ready to make his season debut; possibly as a second half substitute.

The injury caused Stindl to miss the World Cup, where he would have been in contention for a spot. Regardless, his presence won’t make things any easier for Bayern.

Mats Hummels will be available (@FCBayernEN)

The veteran center back will be available to play for Niko Kovač, but a rest day would not be a surprise.

Juventus and Manchester United want to strike while the iron is hot on Mats Hummels and James Rodriguez (Calciomercato)

Given the locker room unrest...Schmankerls are going to be off the wall, so buckle up for all of the latest crazy rumors:

According to what has been reported by Bild, via Mundo Deportivo, Juventus are plotting a move for Bayern Munich’s German defender Mats Hummels. Juve are in need of back-up to give the older legs of Barzagli, Chiellini and Bonucci some rest; the Bianconeri having sold young prospect Mattia Caldara in a swap deal with Milan for Bonucci.

Since Niko Kovač took charge at Bayern, Hummels has spent a lot of time on the bench and could therefore seek a move away for the good of his playing-time and therefore career. If Bayern continue to not use Hummels, a number of clubs could come knocking and Juventus are just the start of it.

Another player currently unhappy at Bayern and wanted by Juventus is Colombian attacking midfielder James Rodriguez. Rodriguez reportedly was involved in a dressing room argument with Kovac after Bayern made it three consecutive games without victory and the cracks are starting to show. Rodriguez could be available for Juve to sign in January for around €60-65 million.

Never one to be left our of any transfer rumors, Manchester United will likely throw its hat in the ring. Per Team Talk:

Manchester United have been alerted to the fact that Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels is reportedly ready to quit the Bundesliga club.

The Germany international has been a known target for United in the past, having opted to turn the Red Devils down in 2014. United are in search of defensive reinforcements, and Hummels would certainly fit the bill for the caliber of player Jose Mourinho is looking to attract in January.

German news outlet Bild claim Hummels’ future with Bayern is in doubt having become part of the club’s rotation system under Niko Kovac. They believe the defender is considering a move away from the Allianz Arena in the coming month’s – with United one of the biggest club’s in the world notably in search of a quality center back.

The Red Devils have not forgotten about James either. Per Read Bundesliga:

Reports are emerging from Spain state that the player is growing increasingly unhappy at the Bavarian side, with his relationship with new boss Niko Kovač deteriorating. Rodriguez’s long-term future was thrown into doubt over the summer following Kovač’s appointment.

After starting just three games this season, Rodriguez is unhappy about the amount of playing time he is getting in Germany. The Colombian has been expected to complete a permanent move to the Bundesliga champions following a two-year loan deal from Real.

Bayern have the option to sign him in a €35 million deal, taking the combined cost to €45 million after spending €10 million on his loan fee. Rodriguez was heavily linked with a move to Manchester United during his time at Real, but he opted to join Bayern when he fell out of favor at the Bernabeu.

The FC Bayern Frauen celebrate a wedding! (@FCBFrauen)

FC Bayern Frauen teammates Lucie Voňková and Claudia van den Heiligenberg were recently married. Congrats to the happy couple!

Looking for some weekly Bundesliga predictions? I’ve got you covered (The Barrel)

If you are looking to kill some time this morning and want a brief preview on each Bundesliga match (along with some predictions that will most likely go up in flames quickly), I’ve got you covered here.